Up Your Culinary Game With a Cooking Class

Have you thought about how many meals you prepare for your family each week? Or how you pull off preparing tasty, healthy meals week after week without any formal training? Whether you’re a novice or an experienced home cook, if you’ve dreamed about upping your culinary game, why not take a cooking class and impress the loved ones gathered around your table!

Bayview School of Cooking
Located at Bayview Thriftway, BSC offers a tantalizing array of culinary classes for adults and children. The emphasis is on the fresh flavors from the Pacific Northwest and other ethnic flavors from around the world. In addition to its own team of instructors, BSC invites regional chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs to guestteach. Its specialty, multicourse dinners with wine/beer pairings, are a real treat.
Bayview School of Cooking
516 West Fourth Ave, Olympia
360.754.1448
bayviewschoolofcooking.com

Metro Parks Tacoma STAR Center
Among other amenities, South Tacoma’s Activity and Recreation Center has kitchen facilites perfect for hands-on cooking classes. The focus is on teaching family-friendly recipes and techniques. Classes are usually limited to 15 attendees, and community members can receive a discount by purchasing a STAR pass.
Metro Parks Tacoma STAR Center
3873 South 66th St, Tacoma
253.305.1022
metroparkstacoma.org/cooking-nutrition

Toscanos Italian Grill
Chef Tom Pantley serves up a demonstration-style cooking class and dinner at Toscanos every other month or so. He covers a variety of cooking techniques and styles to help attendees acquire the skills to increase their enjoyment of cooking for friends and family. Cooking classes include a four course dinner, wine sample, recipes and instruction. Chef Tom has been staging these entertaining, informative classes for over 25 years.
Toscanos Italian Grill
437 29th St NE, Puyallup
253.864.8600
toscanospuyallup.com

Ready to add new recipes to your regular meal repertoire and learn how to prepare delicious foods for every occasion? Choose a class that meets your interests and let’s get cooking!

KELLY LENIHAN

Encore Chocolates & Tea

Strolling along Fifth Avenue in downtown Olympia, you come upon a unique sight: a magnolia tree nestled within a beautiful, airy atrium inside a building. This 1875 building has a storied history. It was once home to a mercantile store, followed by numerous nightclubs. And it has a distinct claim to fame from the more recent past. It hosted Dave Grohl in his debut in the band Nirvana.

With a past as colorful as this, it is no wonder the space is now sanctuary to a delightful store that caters to more subdued pastimes: Encore Chocolates & Teas. Owners Dean and Carla Jones enjoy whisking patrons away to lands of terraced mountainsides, spice markets, and forested regions through the sheer variety of chocolates and teas they have on display.

In the space since 2015, the Joneses offer over 215 varieties of teas sourced from 12 different tea purveyors. It is easy to get lost in the scent jars, which are arranged on the wall in black, green, white and herbal sections. This way patrons can determine for themselves which particular tea is just the right one. Once the desired tea has been selected, the friendly staff portions out the loose-leaf tea, including proper brewing instructions.

The chocolate selections are no less varied and scrumptious. Samples are ready for the tasting on request.

While the chocolates and tea alone are a compelling reason to shop at Encore, Dean Jones adds to the experience by bringing humanity to the products. A natural storyteller, he provides patrons a glimpse into the journey the chocolate and tea have gone through to become the exceptional finds they are. Visitors leave feeling a little more connected with the world, one chocolate bar and tea cup at a time.

KATHLEEN THOMAS

For Additional Information
Encore Chocolates and Teas
116 5th Ave SE, Olympia
360.350.0833
facebook.com/encorechocolatesandteas

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition

Arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements, Michelangelo’s frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome are timeless masterpieces. Whether you have seen them in person or not, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition will allow you to immerse yourself in the art from a new perspective in an innovative and unique way.

The exhibition’s museum-quality, nearlife-size photographic reproductions of the iconic master’s frescoes were created with special expertise and care using state-of-the-art technology. To help people engage with and comprehend the artwork, the paintings are displayed on 16-foot panels in 34 parts.

As you observe the artwork, you will be overwhelmed by its dimensions, your closeness to the picture, and the modern style of the exhibition. You’ll be able to explore the scenes, including The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, at a close distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel.

“We are thrilled to serve as the only Washington state venue for Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,” said David Fischer, executive director of Broadway Center. “We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors from near and far to the awe-inspiring experience of viewing larger-than-life reproductions of these beloved works in an up-close and intimate way.”

The exhibit debuts on Sept. 21 at the historic Tacoma Armory at 715 S. 11th St. and runs through Oct. 14 (dark Mondays and Tuesdays). An optional audio guide with narrative accompaniment will be available in four languages. Advance tickets are on sale at broadwaycenter.org, in person at the Broadway Center box office at 901 Broadway, or by phone at 253.591.5894. Same-day tickets will be available for sale at the Armory.

A special launch party will take place on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

Pub-Style Banking at Point Ruston

The Olympia Brewery may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of banking, but O Bee Credit Union wants to change that. A leader in providing innovative financial solutions for more than 60 years, O Bee announced the opening of its newest branch, a unique blend of brewpub and financial service center in Point Ruston.

O Bee’s rich history as the original credit union of the Olympia Brewery is reflected in the interior of the new building. It features a brewpub aesthetic including brick walls, wood barrels, hand- painted murals, a transaction bar accented with brass rails and local beer taps, chalkboard signage and decor reminiscent of times gone by. Historic photos of Point Ruston and Tacoma are displayed throughout. “The pub atmosphere ties in well with our history. It’s reminiscent of the old brewery tasting room where the community met, and workers gathered after the end of a shift,” says James Collins, CEO.

This will be the sixth branch opening for O Bee and its first venture into Pierce County. “It’s exciting,” says Collins. “We’re one of the most unique credit unions in the country with products that can’t be found at most financial institutions.” In addition to an array of loan options including home and auto, O Bee offers its signature brewery credit and debit cards featuring favorite brands like Rainier and Olympia. The Berenstain Bears® Cub Account is also part of O Bee’s selection of products. Cub Accounts provide an incentive program for young savers that’s part of a financial education program emphasizing the concepts of “Save, Share, Spend and Earn.”

“Banks shouldn’t feel cold or impersonal and having a brick-and-mortar establishment is important to our membership, so we decided to have some fun with the design concept,” added Collins.

O Bee Credit Union (The Olympia Brewing Co. Employees and Families Credit Union) was started Feb. 15, 1955, by Ted McGill, who worked in the bottle house of the brewery. This full-service not-for-profit credit union, owned by its members, has five other branches located in Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, Yelm and West Olympia. Membership is open to all Washington residents.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information
O Bee Credit Union
obee.com

Percival Condos: Downtown Living at its Best

With an identity unrivaled by any other city in the region, Olympia is growing as a place of economic, social and development opportunity. Joining this vibrant community is Percival Condominiums, a seven-story development built with its residents—and Olympia’s character—in mind.

Percival Condominiums will be downtown Olympia’s first upscale condominium community. Located in the heart of the city near Percival Landing, this contemporary 28-home building will include five floors of residences and two floors of parking. Ten floor plans, ranging from 1,300 to 2,400 square feet, each include a spacious balcony for outdoor seating and dining.

Only eight condo units have been built in Olympia in the last 35 years, so Percival Condominiums fill a demand for people who want to live downtown and own their home. Its location makes it just a short walk from fine cuisine, shopping, entertainment and Percival Park’s boardwalk.

The ambitious project is the most recent development of the Rants Group, a longtime commercial and residential real estate company based in and focused on Thurston County.

“The development of Percival Condominiums meets a longtime call for an upscale downtown Olympia living option,” said Pat Rants, president of the Rants Group. “Thurston County lacks downtown condominiums that are deluxe and modern with incredible views. With this project, we’re giving owners unrivaled views and access to the city—simply by looking out their windows or stepping outside their front doors.”

Percival Condominiums are now pre-selling with a move-in date set for 2020. Future residents will join a lively, enriching downtown district while contributing to Olympia’s unique and evolving identity—all while enjoying breathtaking views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and the Capitol.

KELLY LENIHAN

For Additional Information
Percival Condominiums
322 Columbia St NW, Olympia
360.943.8060
percivalcondos.com

Cheers to 30 Years – South Hill Mall Marks a Milestone

In the fall of 1988, the Puyallup area was treated to a new hub for shopping when South Hill Mall opened its doors. No longer was it necessary to make the trek to Tacoma to find department store favorites of the time, like Mervyn’s, Lamonts and Target, along with numerous smaller retailers and popular restaurants. Just a few years later, the second phase of the mall opened. In 2009 the entire mall underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Today some of the names have changed, but South Hill Mall remains a community gathering place with more than 100 retail stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and other services. “South Hill Mall is a neighborhood shopping center and we want to make sure we’re serving the community well,” said Joe Bell, director of communications for Cafaro, the mall’s management company.

That philosophy guides which new businesses and services are brought in as tenants. An example, said Bell, is the mall’s newest restaurant, Golden Corral, slated to open in late summer. “We knew that there was demand for a buffet-style restaurant,” he said. “What we’ve seen on social media is unbelievable anticipation and excitement.” Serving the community also guides the mall’s special events, such as fashion shows, celebrity meet-and-greets, and educational programs for families.

Community members can even get their regular exercise at the mall before stores open, which is convenient when the weather is unpredictable. Last summer, Puyal-LOOP, an indoor fitness trail, was launched. By following green leaves marked on the floor, walkers can complete quarter-mile laps around the mall. They can also stop at 10 strength-training exercise stations along the way.

The evolution of South Hill Mall and commemoration of its 30th anniversary will be celebrated in October with two “Cheers to 30 Years” events. These will likely include store promotions, musical performances and highlights of community partnerships over the years. Visit southhillmall.com for more information.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

South Hill Mall
3500 South Meridian, Puyallup
253.840.2828

South Sound Fall Theater Lineup

Performance offerings in the South Sound this fall include a huge variety of acts. There’s theater, dance, comedy, music and even some acrobats and a one-of-a-kind clown to keep you on your toes. Come out and support your local arts organizations and enjoy the shows.

For a night at the theater, September will see the opening curtain for two beloved comedic classics. Tacoma Little Theatre will present Obie award winner The Foreigner, which the troupe first presented in 2002 to great acclaim. Neil Simon’s autobiographical tale Brighton Beach Memoirs, at Lakewood Playhouse, will have us laughing as we watch the young writer dream of baseball and girls while dealing with his family in Brooklyn.

This fall’s musical performances kick off with none other than the renowned singer-songwriters Stephen Stills (from Crosby, Stills and Nash) and Judy Collins at the Washington Center on Oct. 2. These two folk icons met 50 years ago, but this is the first time they have toured together. Don’t miss it. Also at the Washington Center in October will be multiple Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’. His reputation as a modern master of American roots music speaks for itself.

In the mood for something spooky around Halloween? Check out BodyVox, a dance theater experience that draws on cinema, folklore and our collective nightmares to bring All Hallows’ Eve to life. For a more traditional tale of spells, cast your sights on the bewitching love story Bell, Book and Candle. It debuted on Broadway in 1950, and this year is at Tacoma Little Theatre.

Out in left field are some performers in a class of their own. Bringing flips and tricks to the stage are the Chinese Warriors of Peking at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and the New Chinese Acrobats at the Federal Way Performing Arts Center.

Finally, the Washington Center presents the one and only Puddles Pity Party, also known as the “sad clown with a golden voice.” His YouTube cover of Lorde’s Royals went viral and he became an overnight sensation. This show is packed with a suitcase full of smoosh-ups and accompanied by plentiful hugs.
There is something for everyone on local stages this fall.

HILLARY RYAN

washingtoncenter.org
lakewoodplayhouse.org
broadwaycenter.org
tacomalittletheatre.com
fwpaec.org

LeMay Grit City

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma hosted the Grit City Motor Show Cruise-In with 600 attendees. This free community event featured all makes and models of classic cars. Live interviews with Mark Greene of Cars Yeah was a main feature at the event. Food and beverages were offered by delicious food trucks & Thirst Responder beer garden.

Corks and Crush

420 community-minded guests enjoyed 13 different wineries and—for the first time—two breweries offered tastings to guests. Catering was provided by X Group and dinner was paired with 2011 Corliss Red Wine.

During the reception hour, The Happy Sinners performed followed by Baking with Julia for the after party. Special guests included emcees Chris Egan of King 5 News and his brother, Mike Egan.

Corks and Crush 2018 raised $865,000 for MultiCare, $500,000 of which was during Fund-A-Need. Fund-A-Need revenue supports the building of the new 18-bed Substance Treatment and Recovery Training (START) Inpatient Unit. This program will provide mothers with hope, recovery and the chance for a healthier pregnancy and future.

Fall 2018

Community

Corks & Crush
LeMay Grit City
South Sound Fall Theater Lineup
South Hill Mall Marks a Milestone
Percival Condominiums: Downtown Living at its Best
Pub-Style Banking at Point Ruston
Rome to Tacoma: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition
Encore Chocolates & Tea

Cuisine

Up Your Culinary Game With a Cooking Class
Well 80 – Olympia’s Hottest New Brewery

Design & Style

Rustic Luxury Renewal
Bathrooms Made Perfect For Seniors
Trend Report: Fall 2018
Fair Trade Gems Protect People and the Environment

Escapes

Planning the Ultimate Fall Getaway in Leavenworth
An American Story: From Slavery to the Founding of Centralia

Wellness

Olympia Orthopaedics Welcomes New Sports Medicine Physician
The Parallel Powers of Music and Athletes
Enhanced Imaging Technology Better Detects Breast Cancer